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Despite leading the MotoGP™ field by over a quarter of a second, Jorge Lorenzo feels he can go even faster in Qatar.
Having left the Qatar Test as the fastest rider in the premier class, Jorge Lorenzo continued his form as the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar began. Thursday saw riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship have just one session, the night race offering not only a unique visual spectacle but also a unique schedule. In the lone session Lorenzo set a 1’55.440 aboard his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP M1 to top the timing screens. The time saw him 0.267s ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi, the factory Yamaha squad showing as the strongest team at this early stage with a perfect one-two.
In good physical shape, Lorenzo was able to push from the start of the session as he went into race mode. During the session Lorenzo set four laps in the 1’55s, Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) the only other rider able to set more than a single 1’55. If his pace continues in this manner, the triple MotoGP™ World Champion could very well head into race day as the favourite. Friday the 18th of March will see premier class have two practice sessions, offering double the amount of time to practice.
Jorge Lorenzo: “I had a good start. From the first run I was able to have the best lap time and probably also the best pace, but we still have a margin for improvement both in lap time and pace. We will keep working on the setting and the electronics to improve in some areas for tomorrow. The track will also be better with more grip level tomorrow and the lap times will be faster.
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